A WORCESTER-based charity, which supports blind and partially sighted people locally, is appealing for more firms, groups of friends and individuals to pit their wits against one another in a fundraising quiz.

Sight Concern Worcestershire is hoping to attract more than 30 teams for the fun-filled fundraiser on World Sight Day – Thursday October 13 – at Worcester Rugby Club, Sixways, Worcester.

This will be the sixth annual World Sight Day Quiz run by the charity and last year’s event was won by a team from Droitwich accountancy firm Ballard Dale Syree Watson. Twenty nine teams took part and helped to raise more than £6,000.

Andrew Jenks from last year’s winning team said his firm is entering again this year and looking forward to a good challenge from other companies and groups.

He said: “The company is in this to win again but we’re also hoping for some strong opposition so we’re asking companies and organisations in Worcestershire to come along and try to beat us on October 13 at Sixways.”

He added: “We’re also delighted to be supporting this wonderful local charity. The more teams that attend, the more Sight Concern can help blind and partially sighted people in Worcestershire to lead independent and fulfilling lives.”

Jenny Gage, chief officer of Sight Concern, said: “The World Sight Day Quiz is one of our most popular annual events and we’re so lucky to have the support of Lloyds Bank which puts a wonderful quiz together for us.

“The funds raised are vital to delivering our support services for people who are blind or partially sighted. I’d also like to say a big thank you to all our supporters who enter teams and help to make the event such a success”.

Anyone who wants to enter a team or as an individual should call 01905 332914 or email p.weir@sightconcern.co.uk. The entry fee includes a hot meal on the night.

• There are 19,160 people in Worcestershire living with significant sight loss and each year 200 people in Worcestershire will be registered as blind or partially sighted.

• Sight Concern Worcestershire is the only charity dedicated to improving the lives of blind and partially sighted in the county and has been successfully supporting people with sight loss for more than 130 years.